Participating experts said a project to grow the forests have been carried out in 10 cities and provinces with a total budget of US$11 million.
Vietnam has planted 24,000 ha of mangrove forests since 1994 as the way to protect 100 km of sea dykes,
In addition to mangrove forests, the project also aims to improve public awareness and the capacity of natural disaster prevention for residents in 400 communes.
“Mangrove forests planted by the Vietnam Red Cross account for 4% of the total area all over Vietnam. The project has benefited 9 million people. If well protected, mangrove forests will save Vietnam more than US$200 million by 2025," said Chairwoman of the Vietnam Red Cross Society Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu.
Restoring and protecting coastal forests are essential for Vietnam, which is one of the hardest hit nations by climate change.